Young Drivers and Road Traffic Accidents – Technology Provides the Solution!November 6, 2019
It is common knowledge that young drivers are generally more likely to be involved in road traffic accidents and the statistics regarding road accidents involving 17-24 year old drivers are truly alarming. Sadly, one in three of those killed or injured in a crash is aged between 17 and 24 and one in five new drivers are involved in an accident in their first year of driving (Department of Transport, 2006). These unfortunate statistics are even more worrying when concerned with young male drivers (those aged 17-24).
So what measures have been introduced to resolve road problems with young drivers?
Many methods have been both suggested and used to prevent from young drivers being involved in road traffic accidents. Some examples of these are listed below:
Pass Plus Scheme (a well established practical training course for young drivers, where applicants are tested across a range of specific environments, such as, night conditions, motorway driving etc.)
Driver Theory Test (a compulsory multiple choice test that examines driver hazard awareness)
Local Driver Training Courses (Driver Awareness Courses both practical and theoretical)
Although these methods have provided young drivers with excellent information and guidance, drivers within the 17-24 age range are still seen as problematic on the roads.
So what other options are there and what can parents do to enhance the safety of their children when driving!
One particular technology that is gaining great awareness involves integrating car black box technology with GPS cameras to monitor the speed and location of cars driven by young drivers. This modern technology is useful for parents and provides greater control to monitor the driving habits of their children.
With car black box technology young drivers can also analyse their own driving to monitor any mistakes that they may make on the road. Furthermore, in the unfortunate event of an accident the information gathered by the system helps to resolve issues fairly and impartially.